Thai officials want to issue an arrest warrant for an heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune after he missed his day in court. Vorayuth Yoovidhya failed to appear for his indictment in the hit-and-run death of a policeman. Yoovidhya’s lawyer, Thanit Buakeaw, said that his client was on a business trip in Singapore and that he missed his court date because he was sick.
Buakeaw pointed to a medical certificate issued by a Singapore clinic that said Vorayuth was "unwell" and was advised to rest for one or two days.
"(He) has no intention or cause to flee but he really can't be here today because he became suddenly ill," the defense lawyer said.
Yoovidhya is accused of causing death by reckless driving and not stopping to help, charges which carry a maximum sentence of 10 years, The Big Story reported. Authorizes allege that he ran into a police officer at high speed with his Ferrari and dragged his body down a Bangkok street.
Prosecutor Ruecha Krairiksh said Vorayuth showed an intention to flee by not appearing for the indictment.
"Prosecutors have discussed and decided that the defendant appeared to be fleeing and we will oppose his bail request during the trial process," Ruecha said.
Vorayuth is the grandson of Red Bull creator Chaleo Yoovidhya. The family was ranked fourth-richest in Thailand this year by Forbes magazine with a net worth of $7.8 billion.